Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today (Tuesday 8 January) called on ministers to guarantee that safeguards will be put in place for vulnerable people being moved from legacy benefits to universal credit.
The controversial new benefit system was rolled out in Edinburgh West in November 2018.
Over the weekend it was revealed that the government would introduce a nationwide test scheme for those being migrated to universal credit from existing legacy payments, aimed at identifying and solving problems which have dogged the new system since its inception.
Commenting after raising the issue in the Commons, the Lib Dem MP said:
“I was delighted to hear the minister say that he will listen to changes that have to be made.
“But I urged him to accept that there needs to be a guarantee that people who are vulnerable and dependent on existing legacy benefits do not have to re-apply for universal credit.
“We also need a way of ensuring that these people are being successfully moved onto universal credit before their legacy benefits are stopped.
“And finally, someone from the DWP must visit them at home to ensure they are getting what they are entitled to, and that they are aware of the changes.”